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Militants planning strikes, forces on high alert
Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel frisk youth in Srinagar on Wednesday.Srinagar, August 11
Police and paramilitary forces have been put on high alert in Jammu and Kashmir after receiving intelligence inputs that militants are planning major strikes on Independence Day, senior security officials said today.


Policemen frisk youth in Srinagar on Wednesday. Security has been tightened in and around the city to scuttle militants’ plan to disrupt Independence Day functions. — PTI
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Plan to strike Amarnath Yatra foiled
Jammu, August 11
Suspending Amarnath Yatra for three hours, Army troops today foiled a terror plan to strike the pilgrims by recovering a 12-kg improvised explosive device on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, officials sources said here.

3 LeT militants killed
Jammu, August 11
Three Lashker-e-Toiba militants were killed as Army men today foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.




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Centre ready for talks with separatist groups: Jaiswal
Jammu, August 11
Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal today said that the Centre would not hesitate to talk to any person nominated by the separatist groups to find a solution to the Kashmir imbroglio.

Defence Minister in Leh
Srinagar, August 11
Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee arrived in Leh this morning on a two-day visit to the forward areas of the frontier cold desert region of Ladakh.

Four killed, 22 injured in road mishap
Jammu, August 11
Four persons, including three children, were killed and 22 others injured in a multiple vehicle collision on the Chadwal bridge, about 65 km from here, in Kathua district of Jammu Division today, official sources said here.

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Militants planning strikes, forces on high alert

Srinagar, August 11
Police and paramilitary forces have been put on high alert in Jammu and Kashmir after receiving intelligence inputs that militants are planning major strikes on Independence Day, senior security officials said today.

“We have received inputs which suggest that militants are desperate to strike on Independence Day, but we are equally adamant to foil it,” Deputy Inspector-General of BSF K. Srinivasan said.

Quoting intelligence reports and wireless intercepts, he said outfits, including the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, have focused on the disruption of the main function of August 15 to be held in Srinagar where Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed will unfurl the National Flag.

The militant leaders want their cadre to go for a suicide attack on the day, he said.

Apprehending militant attacks, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Srinagar and Badgam districts, Mohammad Amin Shah said a multi-tier security net had been put in place at all vital installations, especially in and around Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar, the venue of the main function.

Asked whether the BSF had specific information about the militants’ plan, he said the intelligence reports suggested that they were planning to trigger IED or grenade attacks.

The BSF and police are jointly carrying out checking and frisking operations. High-rise buildings have been taken over by the troops to maintain tight vigil, he added.

On the security of Amarnath pilgrims, Mr Srinivasan said there was no serious threat to the yatris. — PTI
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Plan to strike Amarnath Yatra foiled

Jammu, August 11
Suspending Amarnath Yatra for three hours, Army troops today foiled a terror plan to strike the pilgrims by recovering a 12-kg improvised explosive device on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, officials sources said here.

Militants had planted a 12-kg RDX-filled IED on the Jammu-Srinagar highway at Ramso, 172-km from here, in Doda district to target the Amarnath Yatra convoy on its way to the Pahalgam base camp from Jammu at around 9 a.m., sources said.

Just a few minutes before the arrival of the convoy, vigilant Army troops of a road opening party detected the IED and alerted the police and security along the Highway, they said.

The convoy of pilgrims was stopped and the IED defused by a bomb disposal squad in nearly one-hour-long exercise, they said. — PTI
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3 LeT militants killed

Jammu, August 11
Three Lashker-e-Toiba militants were killed as Army men today foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.

Acting on an intelligence report from the BSF, the troops cordoned off the area in Mankote Forward Defence Location along the LoC this morning, they said.

Around 7 am six militants entered the Indian territory and a mine planted by the security forces went off when one of the ultras walked over it, sources added. Two militants were killed.

It was followed by an encounter between the troops and the militants in which another militant was killed. Those killed belonged to the LeT. — PTI
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Centre ready for talks with separatist groups: Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Jammu, August 11
Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal today said that the Centre would not hesitate to talk to any person nominated by the separatist groups to find a solution to the Kashmir imbroglio.

Mr Jaiswal, who was talking to mediapersons here on the conclusion of his three-day tour of J&K, said that there was no stalemate in talks between the Centre and various separatists groups in Kashmir.

He said that the Centre was willing to talk to any one who had a base in Kashmir. He said that he would not like to identify any individual when he was asked whether the Centre would even talk to Syed Ali Shah Geelani who has floated a new separatist organisation.

He said that the Centre had not attached any preconditions for the dialogue, but these would be held within the framework of the Constitution.

Mr Jaiswal also refused to comment on the demand of Ms Mehbooba Mufti, President of the PDP, that the Centre should talk to various groups unconditionally.

He claimed that incidents of terrorism had decreased in the state and infiltration of terrorists from Pakistan had also been checked to a great extent due to barbed wire fencing on the border.

The people in the border areas had started showing resistance to terrorists and he hoped the Pakistan would realise the reality and stop backing the militants.

The minister said that the attacks on the security forces indicated desperation among the terrorists. 
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Defence Minister in Leh
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, August 11
Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee arrived in Leh this morning on a two-day visit to the forward areas of the frontier cold desert region of Ladakh.

On his first visit to the region, Mr Mukherjee would be visiting the Siachen glacier, world’s highest battlefield, tomorrow, a defence spokesman said here.

Soon after his arrival in Leh the Defence Minister, accompanied by the chief of the Army Staff, Gen N.C. Vij, visited forward areas of Chushul and Tangtse in eastern Ladakh. He also addressed jawans at Karu where he had lunch with jawans and “expressed his great pleasure on seeing the high state of morale of the troops”, the spokesman said.

Earlier the Defence Minister was received by General Vij, the GOC-in-Chief Northern Command, Lieut general Hari Prasad, and the GOC of the Ladakh-based 14 Corpse, Lieut-Gen M.L. Naidu. 
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Four killed, 22 injured in road mishap

Jammu, August 11
Four persons, including three children, were killed and 22 others injured in a multiple vehicle collision on the Chadwal bridge, about 65 km from here, in Kathua district of Jammu Division today, official sources said here.

Two speeding vehicles coming from one side of the bridge collided with two other vehicles coming from the opposite side on the bridge at 2.30 pm, they said, adding the vehicles were trying to overtake each other. Two trucks, one school Matador and a car were involved in the accident. The Matador carrying school children suffered the maximum damage. The injured were rushed to the district hospital at Kathua for treatment. — PTI
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